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Associate Director of Debate

Department of Communication at the University of Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Date Posted: 11/14/2022

Associate Director of Debate (Teaching Assistant Professor or Instructor), Department of Communication

Pending budgetary approval, the Department of Communication at the University of Pittsburgh invites applications for a position as Associate Director of Debate at the rank of either Teaching Assistant Professor or Instructor, beginning Fall 2023. We seek candidates whose exemplary backgrounds in argumentation pedagogy position them well to assume a leadership role in the William Pitt Debating Union (WPDU), and to teach undergraduate courses such as Public Speaking and Argument.

The WPDU is a co-curricular program that serves as a hub for a wide range of debating activities, including intercollegiate debate, public debate, and debate outreach. One of the oldest organizations of its kind in the nation, the Union grew originally out of the University of Pittsburgh’s Division of Public Speaking in 1912. A set of historical documents and background information that may be useful for framing application materials can be accessed here:

This is a one-year, appointment stream position with the possibility of renewal subject to performance review. Starting date for the position is September 1, 2023 (though the term begins in August). Salary, scholarly assistance, and benefits are competitive and dependent upon rank (Teaching Assistant Professor or Instructor). This institution offers benefits to same-sex and different-sex domestic partners. Applicants should submit a curriculum vitae, names and contact information for three letters of recommendation, a statement of teaching philosophy, a statement describing the candidate’s debate coaching philosophy, a statement on diversity and inclusion, sample course syllabi and course assignments, and evidence of teaching effectiveness to with the position title, Associate Director of Debate, in the subject heading.

Appointment Stream Lecturers are voting members of the Department’s faculty and can participate in the University’s broader governance. The intellectual and pedagogical environment at the University of Pittsburgh provides ample opportunities for substantive conversations regarding teaching excellence, including Speaking in the Disciplines, Writing in the Disciplines, and the University Center for Teaching and Learning.

Required qualifications include a Master’s degree in Communication or a related field, experience in coaching debate, and a valid driver’s license. Preferred qualifications include a Ph.D. in Communication or a related field experience in intercollegiate policy debate. Ph.D. is required for the rank of Teaching Assistant Professor and M.A. status is required for the rank of Instructor. In order to receive full consideration, applications must be received by December 15, 2022.

The Department of Communication at the University of Pittsburgh is committed to cultivating a fundamentally diverse, inclusive, supportive, and self-reflexive environment for all its undergraduate, graduate, staff, and faculty members. We commit ourselves to become a creative community of inquiry in which all can flourish and contribute to disciplinary innovation in research and teaching. We also strive to bring intellectual curiosity, skill, and dedication to the question of how to generate and maintain a just and equitable scholarly community.

The Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences is committed to building and fostering a culturally diverse environment. Excellent interpersonal and relationship-building skills and the ability to work effectively with a wide range of individuals and constituencies in support of a diverse community are required.

Diversity Statement 

The University of Pittsburgh is committed to championing all aspects of diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility within our community. This commitment is a fundamental value of the University and is crucial in helping us advance our mission, which includes attracting and retaining diverse workforces. We will continue to create and maintain an environment that allows individuals to discover, belong, contribute, and grow, while honoring the experiences, perspectives, and unique identities of all.

 The University of Pittsburgh is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and values equality of opportunity, human dignity and diversity. EOE, including disability/vets. The University of Pittsburgh requires all Pitt constituents (employees and students) on all campuses to be vaccinated against COVID-19 or have an approved exemption. Visit to learn more about this requirement.

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